The Aces look to get back to their winning ways when they take on the team that is going to compete with them for a playoff spot in the Cal Ripken Collegiate South Division, the FCA Herndon Braves.
Heading into today’s game the Braves (10-9) hold a half game lead over the Aces (9-9). In their last 10 games the Braves are 4-6 and are coming off a 15-14 win over the Rockville Express. As for the Aces, they are 5-5 in their last 10 games, losing four of their last five.
Bryce Leasure (the Citadel) is one of the leaders for the Braves and among the top six players in the Cal Ripken Collegiate League in batting average, batting .367 with 18 hits and seven RBI’s. Infielder Brett Norwood (VCU) also has 18 hits on the season, batting .295 with eight RBI’s. Outfielder Vinny Costello leads the Braves in RBI’s with 10, 12 hits and batting .261.
The Aces are led by Right Fielder Scott Morgan (George Mason) who leads the team in batting average, hitting .333 with 15 hits and seven RBI’s. One of the more consistent players on the Aces is second baseman Kris Kremer (Penn State) who has 19 hits, 10 RBI’s, and three home runs, leading the Aces in all three of those categories. Outfielder Joe Pace (Michigan) is hitting .311 with 14 hits on the season and always has a great approach when stepping into the batter’s box. With his stocky 5’9 frame, he has the wheels to cover center field and never gives up on a play. Isaiah Thomas (Vanderbilt) is showing his potential to be a five-tool player and will only develop his overall skill set with more appearances this season. Thomas has the third best batting average on the Aces, hitting .310 with nine hits, three RBI’s, and a homer in nine games played this season. Top that with his speed to cover a lot of ground in the outfield and a razor-rocket arm in the outfield, opponents may want to think twice about extending a single into a double.
On the mound for the Braves is Brett Kreyer (Lafayette). In three starts this season he is 1-2 with a 1.86 ERA with 13 strikeouts and six walks in 19.1 innings pitched. In his last start against the Big Train, he had a stellar performance in a loss to the Big Train; going six innings allowing one earned run on three hits and only one walk.
He will be opposed by Aces starter Jacob Grzebinski. The 6’3 lefty from Georgetown likes to pound the zone, overpowering his opponents with his fastball, and is not afraid to effectively use his breaking ball. Grzebinkski (aka Grizz-Nasty) is 2-0 this season with 14 strikeouts in 15.1 innings pitched and a 4.69 ERA. In his last start against the Big Train he had a stellar performance going six innings of one run baseball allowing three hits, and putting the ball in play for his defense to make plays in the field.
The way both the Aces and Braves are playing, it could shape up for a competitive race for a final playoff spot in the Cal Ripken Collegiate South Division when the calendar turns to July. First pitch is at 7:00pm today at Annandale High School. Listen to the game on Aces Radio and follow on Twitter at Alexandria_Aces.